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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Sneak Peek & It's Back in Stock!

It has come and gone, but it's back again!  That's right.  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (CA $67 / US $58) is back in stock once again on Sephora.  This time it's available to everyone!  So hurry, get yourself one if you have been wanting one, before it goes out of stock again!

I have been playing with mine for a week now.  Click to continue for some sneak peek before the review :)
Tried & Tested, Best Foundations for Oily Skin | A Tale of an Oily Skin Gal

The tale of an oily skin gal continues...

So I got my primers sorted out.  While I have tried a lot of foundations that worked great in terms of coverage and finish, most are just lacking in the longevity department.  Now I really need them to work with me, not just for those 15 hour days.  But for crying out loud, you gotta be able to last till 5PM, is that too much to ask for?  Apparently so, at least up till last year.

It seems like the Goddess of Staying Power is on my side this year.  I managed to find, not one, not two, not three, but four foundations that offers great wear for oily skin.  YES!

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation SPF18 (CA $64 / US $40)


I have always fancy a foundation with a matte finish, a smooth matte.  The problem is, there is none out there that won't cling onto dry spot.  Somehow they manage to find a dry spot on my oily face.  And most of them are just thick and heavy.  No, not this foundation.

YSL says that this foundation "feels like feather, stays like ink".  This description is pretty damn accurate.  It is a true matte but it doesn't feel like anything.  I like the medium and buildable coverage that it gives.  It hides just enough to look natural.  The matte finish & the coverage actually last for an 8 hour work day.

I won't say I was shine-less throughout the day (nothing a little blotting paper can't handle), but I was definitely way less oily.  I was used to see shine 4 hours in but not with this bad boy (or girl); it keeps me matte for over 5 hours, it's very impressive.

The only thing though, it has a pretty noticeable scent when you put it on.  It goes away, and I don't notice it after I blended the foundation out, but some people might be sensitive to it.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is now available on Sephora!

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Hurry VIB Rouge's!  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette is now available on and!

We have spent so much money at Sephora just for this day!  I wanna say just kidding but I actually have been waiting quite a while for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (CA $67 / US $58).  And I'm so glad I'm a VIB Rouge.

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Last year, everyone was crazy about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (CA $67 / US $58), and it flew off the shelf too quickly that they had to bring it back as a permanent item.  This year, with the release of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (CA $41 / US $35), where shades are also out of stock for months, they are bringing the palette version for the holiday season!

So act now, fellow beauty enthusiasts who happen to shop at Sephora, a lot :P

Happy Shopping!

x Rica

Tried & Tested, Best Primers for Oily Skin | A Tale of an Oily Skin Gal

Who (what) is your biggest makeup nemesis?

For me, it is my own oily skin.  I don't know how many times I end up look like a grease ball by 5PM.  Even when most things work on others, I seem to always be out of luck.

So I have taken the "Mission Makeup Stay Put" very seriously.  I tried and tested many different kinds of makeup primer out there that cater to oily skin.  I finally found 3 that I would call my faves and keep going back to it...

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (CA $44 / US $36)

It's been over a year now since I last raved about this product but this is seriously DA BOMB in oily control.  The silicone primer texture dries down super duper quickly.

The application takes a bit of time to get used to: Dispense a small amount on your fingers, warm between your hands, and pat it onto your skin.  Like I said, since it dries down quickly, I would apply area by area, starting form my t-zone.

I definitely won't squeeze a lot out and then apply to my whole face in one go.  I tried it, it looks flakey, never again.  It is really matte though, so if you have combination oily skin, you may want to stick with T zone only; and skip entirely if you have normal/normal-to-dry skin.